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Thanks to the keen eye of one of Snurch’s top reporters, Dickie Wriggs, a new scourge has been identified in the Asheville environs.  This socially spread sickness, now being called PHD or Prolonged Hugging Disorder, has been around for quite some time but the symptoms were often overlooked or ignored.  The CDC, in Atlanta, lists the followings as symptoms:

  • Any hug lasting longer than 10 seconds
  • That same hug accompanied by a soothing “hmmmmm”
  • Swaying back and forth while still hugging
  • Slow rubs in a circular motion on the upper back, clockwise or counterclockwise while said hug is still engaged.
  • Closing eyes while hugging and smiling at the sky

As of now, this plague seems to be concentrated and only causing problems in lines at coffee shops and health food stores. However, there is reason to believe that it is now creeping its way into local farmer’s markets and bakeries.

We will have more on this story as it becomes available.  In the meantime, shake hands and only hug your relatives.


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